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During the frenzied excitement that accompanies moving into a new home, you might end up filling it with a few purchases you'll quickly regret. A couch you loved at the store might look absolutely ginormous in your living room, for instance. Or, those drapes that seemed like they match your carpet to a T might turn out to be way off once they arrive at your door.

Alas, such buyer's regret has happened to all of us. But to help you avoid these mistakes, heed these worst home purchases that homeowners admit to and hear how they came to pass.

A patio set on a porch where no one sits

A patio deserves a pair of wrought-iron chairs and a little table at which to linger and enjoy a cocktail with one's spouse. Right? Christina of Babylon, NY, planned it exactly this way.

"I thought we'd sit out and wave to our neighbors on balmy nights," she explains. Instead, the set went unused.

"We sat there maybe once, saw no neighbors, and then the bugs starting biting us, so we went in," she recalls. It sounded like such a nice idea, but in the end, it was impractical and downright uncomfortable.

"There aren't any lights on our street, so the season for sitting out is very short—it's just too dark!"

Lesson learned: Check the climate in your new neighborhood. Before purchasing outdoor furniture, search for average temperatures, rainfall, bugs, and other factors that could affect how much time you spend outdoors.

A designer chair where no one sees it

"I searched high and low for an Eames chair to go with my desk in the bedroom," recalls Nicole, a homeowner and mom of three in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the expensive purchase ended up being a big waste of money.

"No one ever sees it because it's tucked away in my bedroom, and the kids are constantly climbing all over it and getting it dirty," she laments. They even nicked the paint on one of the arms. "Next time, I'm going to Ikea."

Lesson learned: Save showpieces and custom designs for rooms that see more traffic. For example, hang fancy drapes in the living and dining rooms, but use Kohl's panels for the kids' rooms.

Storage baskets with no plan how to use them

Karina, a homeowner in Wakefield, RI, bought baskets for her crafting supplies, but they were a total bust.

"They basically held my stuff, but I had so much that it couldn't be organized properly," she says. It was, in other words, a basket-filled mess.

Lesson learned: "It's better to have a plan first—and maybe get professional help for some projects—rather than go it alone," says Burston.

A funky mirror that looked dated all too soon

Martha, a fan of the Arts and Crafts look, purchased a huge mirror hand-painted with colorful birds for her new home in Winsted, CT.

"I loved it years ago, but now I say, 'what was I thinking' every time I pass it," she admits. It's currently stashed in an upstairs hall.

Lesson learned: Be wary of trendy pieces—and always save receipts.

"You should be able to exchange something if you haven't marked it up," notes Coraccio.

A DIY project that never got done

Time can sometimes run out on a purchase, as Gillian discovered. This New York City homeowner's husband bought an antique sink years ago from a dealer in Pennsylvania for their Harlem brownstone.

"He planned to fix it up and use it in the upstairs bathroom, but it's still sitting in the basement," she says. In fact, it's been sitting there so long, "now we're divorced."

Lesson learned: Don't let DIYs linger. Be sure you know how to finish a project yourself, and don't begin anything new before the first is completed.

A sofa that doesn't blend in

A couch is supposed to anchor a room—except when it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Anne, a homeowner in New York City, says the sofa she bought after moving in turned out to be the worst of all worlds.

"It's too traditional, uncomfortably firm, and it makes the room look fuddy-duddy," she explains. Levy has lived with this piece for years, but is finally coming around to looking for a replacement.

Lesson learned: Try to thoroughly test-drive every large piece of furniture you're considering. And check the store's return policy; a restocking fee might be worth not getting stuck with a huge furnishing you hate for years. You could also try to sell it online as "almost new."

Just too much, too soon

When Liz moved from a small house in Ipswich, MA, to a larger one in nearby Hamilton, the shopping wheel was set in motion.

"In order to fill the bigger space, I made a whole lot of furniture decisions on the fly," she recalls. The result? A look that wasn't quite right.

"In some cases, the pieces were fine, but in other rooms, I wish I had waited a while, lived in the space longer, and thought through how things might fit together," she explains.

Lesson learned: Live in your new home for at least a month or two. You might find the space you thought would be the family room is better served for dining—and the home office you set up is sitting vacant since you seem to like using your laptop at the kitchen counter.

how to learn more about a neighborhood

Everyone has seen the neighborhood that’s changed: One day it was on the fringe, and the next it had turned a corner. Suddenly, it was teeming with new businesses, new residents, new life—and newly high property values, to the advantage of those residents who stuck around. First-time buyers, cash-strapped buyers, and “pioneering” buyers alike flock to these next big neighborhoods. But to get in early before it becomes the next big thing is the key to stretching your dollar. How can you tell if a neighborhood is up and coming or down and out? Here are some questions to ask yourself as you research a new neighborhood, especially if you’re thinking of making an offer on a new home. 

  1. Is an organic grocery store moving in?

    When a co-working space, an organic grocery store, or a new pop-up restaurant moves into the neighborhood, it’s a sign that the neighborhood is changing. This is just as true for small boutiques and specialty stores as it is for large businesses that sell the basics with flair. In fact, most larger businesses do a fair amount of economic research and projections before moving into a neighborhood. Watching retail industry moves can be a great way to spot emerging areas with strong fundamentals.

  2.  Is there untapped architectural potential?

    Keep an eye out for neighborhoods characterized by a particular type of architecture. Often, neighborhoods that are filled with Tudors, Victorians, Spanish-style homes, or even Mid-Century Moderns will see a surge of revitalization when a fresh generation of homebuyers falls in love with the style and realizes the deals that can be had there unlike in other areas in town.

  3. What’s going on in the local economy?

    From cloud storage data centers in Des Moines to a new light-rail station in Denver, one large-scale employer or infrastructure development can be a very early, very strong sign that an area will see its real estate fortunes rise. With that said, areas dependent on one employer from an industry on the decline can see their fates shift downward as well. Look for industry-wide investment in an area, versus a single company’s investment.

  4. Are there many construction trucks in the street?

    When an older area that has not seen much investment in it for years suddenly has a number of ongoing renovations, this can be an early signal of an up-and-coming neighborhood turnaround. It might be worth taking a trip down to the city building permit counter to see whether the staff has seen the same uptick in individual owners’ investment in the area, and if so, what they think the story of the neighborhood might be—or might become. City staffers often have a wealth of information, everything from pending commercial development applications to city projects based on development initiatives.

  5. How many days are houses in the neighborhood spending on the market?

    Ten years ago, I listed a charming, pristine home on a less than ideal street. The location was its fatal flaw, and the place just lagged on the market as a result. Now millennials buying their first homes are salivating over this precise location because of its urban feel, trendy hot spots, and convenience to the subway. Homes that once took 90 days to sell began selling in 45, then eventually they were on the market for only a couple of weeks. This decline in the number of days on market (DOM) occurred much before the home prices themselves increased. A slow, steady decrease in DOM is a smart, early sign that a neighborhood might be on the verge of up-and-coming status. Ask your agent to help clue you in as to where precisely those areas might be in your area.

 

 

Built-in Bench

A custom bench works great when you want to create a custom space that allows you to host guests while still being chic and valuable to the space.

A custom bench works great when you want to create a custom space that allows you to host guests while still being chic and valuable to the space.  Built-in furniture is always great because they are customized to your liking and the size of your space. We recommend measuring the space and getting a built-in bench. A bench is always an excellent idea for the outdoor space. Combine your built-in bench with a table for the perfect outdoor seating area.

Outdoor Rug

patio rug 10 Ways to Make the Most out of a Small Outdoor Space

One of the many things we struggle when decorating the outdoor space is with color. You don’t want to add too much color as you are already working with the natural elements in the space, but you also want to add enough color to brighten up your décor. The truth is outdoor rugs add color and comfort to the space all at once. Get an outdoor rug that features a bold color or pattern. Doing so will add color as well as texture all in one simple step. Just remember the rug you use outdoors should be an outdoor rug.

Small Garden

If you have a balcony you might be inclined to place multiple different plant pots all around your balcony space. Although, this can be useful as it allows you to rearrange your garden as many times as you would like. It can sometimes become cluttered which is exactly what you do not want. Instead, you want to create a space that’s airy while still having the garden you like. Choose interesting shaped plants or plant bases as this will create an intricate space while not taking up too much space. Your tiny garden is still beautiful regardless of the size.

How Long Is That Remodel Going to Take?

by Jan Delimont

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Some remodeling projects go on for weeks and make a mess of your home life. Here’s how to survive.

Renovations can take weeks — and sometimes months. That means endless days of subcontractors traipsing through your home, noisy tools, and major dust. Even some minor projects can disrupt your daily routine. Before you begin to remodel, know what’s in store for you and your family.

We’ve highlighted nine common remodeling projects that homeowners are likely to undertake — projects that require professional contractors and that take at least one week to complete.

We also talked with veteran remodeler Paul Sullivan, who has renovated homes for 34 years and is president of The Sullivan Company in Newton, Mass.

Sullivan helped us rate each project on a “disruption scale” of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least disruptive to your everyday home life and 10 the most. If your project reaches a 10, consider getting a hotel room for the duration.
 

Attic Conversion

National median cost: $75,000

Time: 8 to 10 weeks

What’s involved: A project that converts unconditioned attic space into a bedroom must include egress windows and at least one closet. Most likely, you’ll extend plumbing, HVAC ducts, and electrical wiring to the attic, and add insulation, drywall, and flooring.

Disruption scale: 3  Luckily, most of the work is in the attic and doesn’t involve your main living areas. You’ll have to put up with contractors moving through the house to get to the top, so provide drop cloths or old rugs to protect your floors. Also, plaster dust from drywall installation and finishing likely will float throughout your home, so you’ll want to change furnace filters every two to three weeks during the project.

Refinishing Hardwood Floors

National median cost: $7 per square foot

Time: 2 to 14 days

What’s involved: Sanding, staining, and sealing wood floors. 

Disruption scale: 9  Whether you’re refinishing one floor or an entire house, the process involves a world of hurt. You have to move furniture and cover surfaces to protect from wood dust, which disrupts the flow of family life. And if you use oil-based sealants, you’ll have to live somewhere else to avoid breathing VOC fumes. Plus, you won’t be able to walk on floors for at least two days after the last coat of sealant is applied.

Bathroom Renovation

National median cost: $30,000

Time: 2 to 3 weeks

What’s involved: Turning your outdated bathroom into a dream spa includes updating plumbing fixtures, installing ceramic tile around a porcelain-on-steel tub, replacing an old toilet with a low-flow, comfort-height model, and installing ceramic floor tiles and solid-surface vanity counters.

Disruption scale: 7 to 10  If you’re remodeling your only bathroom, expect major disruption of your personal hygiene routine. You’ll have to wash in the kitchen sink, and install a portable potty in the yard or make friends with a neighbor when nature calls. You’ll have less pain if you have more than one bathroom in the house. Even then, you’ll suffer water outages during plumbing updates. And if you’re remodeling a master bath, you must put up with workman tromping through your bedroom.

Complete Kitchen Renovation

National median cost: $65,000

Time: 8 to 12 weeks

What’s involved: Replacing cabinets, installing a kitchen island and countertops, replacing appliances, adding lighting, and changing flooring.

Disruption scale: 8  Kitchens are the heart of the home, so when they’re down, you’ll eat out more, wash coffee cups in bathroom sinks, and hold family meetings in the family room where your microwave and fridge now live. To ease the disruption, your contractor can easily set up a construction sink somewhere by running a couple of hoses from existing kitchen plumbing through the dust wall to a make-shift kitchen in an adjacent room.

Kitchen Upgrade

National median cost: $35,000

Time: 1 to 2 weeks

What’s involved: Replacing cabinet box fronts, adding new hardware, updating appliances, sinks, and faucets, and installing new flooring.

Disruption scale: 5  Kitchen facelifts are less disruptive merely because they’re finished faster than major remodels. You’re mainly pulling and replacing, so plumbing and electrical can stay put, and you’ll still have access to your fridge until the new one arrives.

Basement Conversion

National median cost: $40,000 

Time: 2 to 3 weeks

What’s involved: Finishing the lower level of a house to create a playspace and video area for kids.

Disruption scale: 2  Seems counter-intuitive, because turning unfinished space into extra living space requires all the finishes of a new addition — electrical, flooring, wall surfaces, and insulation. But the good news: Work is confined to a part of the house you rarely use. Contractors can enter and exit through the basement door (if you have one), and noise and dust are easily confined. The biggest disruptions come from periodic electrical outages.

Roofing Replacement (Asphalt Shingles)

National median cost: $7,500

Time: 1 week

What’s involved: Removing and replacing roofing moisture barriers, flashing, and shingles. 

Disruption scale: 1  Replacing your roof is one of the least inconvenient remodeling projects you can do. You’ll have to put up with some banging, move your cars away from the house, and keep dogs and kids out of the yard during the demolish phase. Roofers will cover the ground around the job to corral debris; and after the job, they’ll go over your yard with a magnetic roller to pick up stray nails.

Siding Replacement (Vinyl)

National median cost: $13,350

Time: 1 to 2 weeks

What’s involved: Removing and replacing old vinyl siding with new vinyl siding.

Disruption scale: 3  You’ll endure lots of banging around your house as the new siding goes up. If noise bothers you, stick in your earbuds and listen to something soothing. Even though contractors will cover the area around the house, expect some debris to litter the yard. Keep curious kids and pets inside while work is being done to avoid accidents.

Everyone Needs an Adorable Wine Glass Terrarium in Their Life

by Jan Delimont

DIY Wine Glass Terrariums | Cambria Wines

 

Chances are you have a ton of wine glasses in your home. If you're looking for a new way to use them, this adorable container garden is the perfect idea. All you need is a glass, potting soil, sand or gravel and your plants of choice. Many people use succulents, cacti or air plants since they're low maintenance, but it's really the gardener's prerogative, as proven by these beautiful creations.

To create a garden that'll thrive, dump about a cup of sand or gravel into your glass (this helps with drainage). Then add enough potting soil to cover the roots of your plants.

You can also add rocks and moss (one of the trendiest plants of the moment) on top of your soil to create interesting texture in your garden. Or, if you're a fan of fairy gardens, these glasses are practically begging for a mini chair or house.

If you pick a drought resistant cactus or succulent, you can fill your basin with neutral rocks, which makes for a stylish centerpiece. An easy-to-care for garden is also a thoughtful hostess gift for the next summer party you get invited to.

 

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Whether it’s because you need more rooms for your growing family, you’re ready to downsize or you want to move to a new city, you’ve decided you’ll be selling your house come spring.

Spring is traditionally the hottest season for home sales. School will be out of session soon, the weather is warming up and people get antsy to make a change.

The decision to sell your home once the thaw begins is a big step, but you’ve got a lot to do before spring. If you’ve already been in touch with real estate agents and even selected one to list your home, you’ve likely received a list of tasks to make your home market-ready.

“A lot of sellers have a long way to go on their home, but they’re just never going to get it done in time. They don’t have the wherewithal and the resources, so you’ve got to be careful what you recommend,” says Geoffrey Green, a real estate agent and owner of The Green Team Home Selling System in Warwick, New York.

You'll need to perform basic maintenance to keep appliances and systems such as plumbing fixtures and air conditioning running smoothly, complete repairs you’ve been putting off and clear all the clutter that’s built up over the years, not to mention actually make your home attractive to potential buyers. It’s probably best to get started now.

7 Tips for Staging Your Home

by Jan Delimont

The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance so they begin to envision themselves living there. Here are seven tips for making your home look bigger, brighter, and more desirable.

1.  Start with a Clean Slate

Before you can worry about where to place furniture and which wall hanging should go where, each room in your home must be spotless. Do a thorough cleaning right down to the nitpicky details like wiping down light switch covers. Deep clean and deodorize carpets and window coverings.

2.  Stow Away Your Clutter

It’s harder for buyers to picture themselves in your home when they’re looking at your family photos, collectibles, and knickknacks. Pack up all your personal decorations. However, don’t make spaces like mantles and coffee and end tables barren. Leave three items of varying heights on each surface, suggests Barb Schwarz of Staged Homes in Concord, Pa. For example, place a lamp, a small plant, and a book on an end table.

3.  Scale Back on Your Furniture

When a room is packed with furniture, it looks smaller, which will make buyers think your home is less valuable than it is. Make sure buyers appreciate the size of each room by removing one or two pieces of furniture. If you have an eat-in dining area, using a small table and chair set makes the area seem bigger.

4.  Rethink Your Furniture Placement

Highlight the flow of your rooms by arranging the furniture to guide buyers from one room to another. In each room, create a focal point on the farthest wall from the doorway and arrange the other pieces of furniture in a triangle around the focal point, advises Schwarz. In the bedroom, the bed should be the focal point. In the living room, it may be the fireplace, and your couch and sofa can form the triangle in front of it.

5.  Add Color to Brighten Your Rooms

Brush on a fresh coat of warm, neutral-color paint in each room. Ask your real estate agent for help choosing the right shade. Then accessorize. Adding a vibrant afghan, throw, or accent pillows for the couch will jazz up a muted living room, as will a healthy plant or a bright vase on your mantle. High-wattage bulbs in your light fixtures will also brighten up rooms and basements.

6.  Set the Scene

Lay logs in the fireplace, and set your dining room table with dishes and a centerpiece of fresh fruit or flowers. Create other vignettes throughout the home — such as a chess game in progress — to help buyers envision living there. Replace heavy curtains with sheer ones that let in more light.

Make your bathrooms feel luxurious by adding a new shower curtain, towels, and fancy guest soaps (after you put all your personal toiletry items are out of sight). Judiciously add subtle potpourri, scented candles, or boil water with a bit of vanilla mixed in. If you have pets, clean bedding frequently and spray an odor remover before each showing.

7.  Make the Entrance Grand

Mow your lawn and trim your hedges, and turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before showings to make your lawn sparkle. If flowers or plants don’t surround your home’s entrance, add a pot of bright flowers. Top it all off by buying a new doormat and adding a seasonal wreath to your front door.

 

RMLS Market Action, Coos County - January 2018

by Jan Delimont

The Complete Guide to Getting Your House Ready to Sell

by Jan Delimont

 

You're ready to sell your home and start a new chapter in your life! It's exciting, but it can also be stressful and emotional. Here's how to get started.

Take a step back

Try to look at your home without your normal sentimental lens. The place where you marked your children's height against the wall suddenly become something that needs to get painted and the clutter in your den goes from cozy to messy. If it's not something you think you can do, ask a friend or hire a professional home stager or real estate agent to tell you what needs to be done. 

Declutter

If you're like most of us, you probably have a lot of stuff in your home that's just collecting dust. Getting your house ready to sell is the perfect time to declutter and there are lots of ways to do it. If you haven't been living under a rock in 2016, you've probably heard of the KonMari Method where you touch each object to see if it sparks joy and use that emotion to dictate what stays and what goes. If that's not your style, you can do a whirlwind purge of each room, ruthlessly throwing out anything that you no longer need. Or you can make neat piles of keep, sell, donate. It doesn't matter what method you use for decluttering your house, as long as you declutter it. It's a crucial step recommended by all the home staging experts. Plus, you have the added benefit of fewer things to move once the time comes. If you truly can't get rid of anything, we still recommend decluttering. Just rent a storage unit to hold some of your off-season clothes, knick knacks, and unused holiday decorations so that your closets seem less full (and bigger) and your potential buyers aren't overwhelmed by everything you have in your home. 

Clean

When you live in a home, things like crumbs on the counter or grime on the windows are your own business. But no one wants to move into a house that has someone else's mess in it. so, when you're getting ready to sell that means cleaning all the obvious places and all the places you haven't cleaned in awhile. We recommend hiring a professional cleaner at first. A professional is likely to get your home a lot cleaner than you would get it--and they'll do it a lot quicker. Be sure to ask if they'll deep clean the bathroom and kitchen because these are the areas that potential buyers will pay the most attention to. 

Fix all the broken things

Over the years things break. Draw pulls fall off, the HVAC system doesn't get serviced, and the windows collect a fine layer of pollen. Now's the time to take a survey of everything that's broken or hasn't been maintained in your home and to take care of it. The person buying your house understands that it's not brand new, but they're going to expect most things to work like new. Unfortunately, this is one of those tasks that really stands out if you don't do it, but goes relatively unnoticed when you do. Not sure where to get started? Check out our first-time buyers guide to home maintenance for the tools and tips you'll need to get started. 

Stage

Once your house is clean and in working order, it's time to stage it. This is another job you can hire a professional to do, or you can get some expert home staging tips and try to do it yourself. The key here is to make the home look inviting and personal, but not too funky. And you'll need to do it without breaking the bank. 

Enlist the neighbors

You know the woman three doors down who always wins Yard of the Month? Her rose bushes are to die for and her landscaping is always spot on and changes with the season. Let her know that you're planning on moving and want to spruce up the front of your house. Ask her if she has any recommendations for the types of plants you should buy or other things you can do to increase your curb appeal. And if you have a question trying asking your neighbors through the HOA Facebook page or your NextDoor app. Your neighbors have a vested interested in you selling your house at or above market value to keep their own property value up. and to someone who cares about a well-kept home. 

Sure, it takes a little elbow grease and a lot of planning, but if you're willing to do the work your home will be ready to sell in no time! 

 

One Big Reason Millennials Are Buying Homes? For Their Dogs

by Jan Delimont

Millennials are now leading the pack of home buyers, and what’s one incentive driving them to take the mortgage plunge? Their dogs.

A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage found that 33 percent of millennial home buyers’ decision to buy a home was driven chiefly by their dog. Furry friends outranked wedding bells (25 percent cited marriage as their top motivator for buying a home) and kids, too (only 19 percent said birth of a child was their prime incentive).

And even those millennials who don’t yet own a home but are planning to are prioritizing pups, with 42 percent of those surveyed by SunTrust saying a dog — present or future — is a key factor in their home purchasing decisions.

Oh, the Inhumanity of Apartment Dog-Dwelling

Certainly, this was true for 25-year-old Gwen Werner and her husband. They just bought a house so they could get a dog and not feel guilty about the pup being cooped up in an apartment all day.

"It felt inhumane having a dog live in a third-floor apartment without any space to run around," said Werner. "I'm glad that was our route, as we have a dog who has way too much energy for an apartment setting."

Werner adds that she and her husband bought their house in May. They rescued their pup, a German Shepherd mix in June.

The desire to give one's dog the best life possible is one that real estate brokers see frequently among their millennial clientele.

"All the time they mention their dogs," said Lee Fowler, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Triad in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, adding that just under half of his clients are millennials. "A lot of times they'll go into the house, through the kitchen, and then walk right into backyard and say 'This will work perfectly for my dog.' Or they'll look to see whether there's a fence, or if they can make one for their dog."

High-Maintenance Pooches?

Sure, yards are great, but what about a dog-washing station? Millennials may also be on the hunt for a home that has deluxe amenities for their dog.

“Our sales center has found that millennials are particularly attracted to dog-related amenities,” said Marilyn Osborn Patterson, marketing director and legal counsel for Norton Commons in Louisville, Kentucky, which she says has about 1200 residences. "Demand has been really strong, so we just completed our third dog park. All of them include entry vestibules for safety, fresh running water, and seating for pet owners. Millennials favor parks and walking trails and an active lifestyle alongside their dogs, so we added pet waste stations to keep things looking good. In new home builds, we see a lot of people putting in dog-washing stations.”

It could sound a bit over the top. But it's actually not that ridiculous when you consider that millennials tend to regard their pets as family members — arguably more so than any generation prior.

Related: Social Media Users Post About Their Dogs Six Times a Week

"Millennials have grown up in a different world than boomers and Gen-Xers, and it has impacted the way they see dogs," said Laura Schenone, author of The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril. "For one thing, this generation is more educated than any before: 27 percent of millennial women have a bachelor's degree, compared with 14 percent of boomers and 20 percent of Gen-Xers. There is research to show that the college educated are more aware of the environment and the natural world, which includes animals."

Perhaps it's the popularity of animal shows like The Dog Whisperer, or just being able to access so much information on the web — whatever it is, millennials have evolved past boomer thinking about what makes Fido a good boy.

"Back in the '70s, my parents thought they were being good and responsible [dog owners by using] punishment and choke collars," said Schenone. "Now, as behavioral science has advanced, we know that dogs respond better toward positive training and rewards-based punishment."

Still Cheaper Than Kids

And while more and more millennials are becoming parents, there are still quite a few who are waiting to have kids, or who have decided not to have children. And not even the fanciest digs for your dog come close to the cost of bringing up baby: A dog is flat out cheaper than a kid.

"Some millennials say they are having dogs [instead] of children," said Schenone. "That's a leap, but not hard to believe; after all, they are less well off than boomers and Gen-Xers were at their age, and more burdened by student loans and debt. Everybody needs love and a family: dogs are cheaper, easier, and provide love."

What Home-Buying Dog Owners Need to Know

Everybody needs love and also, everybody needs a place to live. Anyone with a dog who has rented knows that the odds are stacked against them. Property managers tend to lump on fee after fee, along with tons of restrictions, if they’re even so generous as to allow a dog. The millennial who is ready to buy a home has possibly become sick and tired by the pricey rigmarole that goes along with renting with a dog. They want a place to hang their hat — and their pup's leash — without a big fuss.

But buyer beware: If you're purchasing a condo or an apartment, Home Ownership Associations can present similar obstacles for your pooch.

"Most HOAs will allow dogs but have weight limits (around 25 pounds), which excludes many breeds," said Jeffrey A. Hensel, a real estate agent and the sales and marketing director at North Coast Financial.

A millennial and a devout dog owner, Hensel says it took him a year to find his current condo in San Diego — all because of the “dog requirement.”

Related: Five Millennial Jobs That Parents Will Never Understand

Prospective home buyers with pups should certainly check to see if an HOA is involved, and what it requires. Beyond that, buyers must also disclose to their home insurance agent information about their dog.

Lovable as your mutt is, it could be considered high-risk based solely on its breed.

"I recommend being open and honest with your insurance company," said Ava Lynch, a licensed insurance agent who works at The Zebra, and a volunteer for Austin Pets Alive. "A lot of times, your insurance company won't deny you coverage because of the dog you own; they might just charge you a little extra for what they see as an increased risk (i.e., your "dangerous" dog), or they will simply not cover your dog in your liability portion. But if you lie and you need to file a dog bite claim, you risk being denied coverage and forced to cover any damages your dog causes out-of-pocket."

Looks like not even owning a home can eradicate all the annoying fine print and fees of having a dog. It's a dog eat dog world, indeed.

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Jan@coosbayproperties.com

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Jan Delimont, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX South Coast 1750 Sherman Avenue, North Bend OR 97459
(541) 297-7507 office
Jan Delimont provides information on real estate and homes for sale
in the Southern Oregon area.

 I list and sell residential real estate including freestanding homes, condominiums and townhomes
as well as investment properties, vacant land and lots for sale in the Southern Oregon real estate area.